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Support Lumos and Get a Chance to Visit the Fantastic Beasts Set
Posted by Megs

Earlier this week Lumos had a live Facebook video with Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler as well as Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir. They urged fans to get involved with Lumos Foundation USA – and offered a chance to win a visit the set of the new film at the same time. Visit their crowdrise page to donate and enter! To gain 1 entry you must donate $12.

Contest details are as follows:

You and a guest can win the chance to join the Producer and Director for a behind-the-scenes VIP experience:

  • Visit the set of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Meet members of the cast and crew of the film.
  • Round trip air transportation for two to London, England courtesy of
  • 3-night stay in a Four-Star hotel in London, generously supported by
  • 2 individual tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter with a tour interactor

Additional Prize:

  • 1 lucky winner will win an original painting of Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist hero in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Mouth Artist, Henry Fraser, signed by J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne and cast members of the film.

More information on Lumos:

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An estimated 8 million children around the world live in harmful orphanages. Many suffer abuse and hardship as a daily reality. Shockingly – 80% are not even orphans; they have at least one living parent.

These vulnerable children need families, not orphanages. Lumos has the proven solution to transform the future for children in orphanages.

Here’s the story of Ilove and her brother, rescued by Lumos from an orphanage in Haiti and now happily reunited with their family.

Filed Under: Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Fantastic Beasts Films
Illustrated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Cover + More Released
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has released the cover for the full-color illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Pottermore also released a few new spreads from the book as well as the Scholastic cover. All the new photos can be seen in our gallery!

This new edition, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, will be released on November 7 2017. The regular edition will cost £25, while the deluxe edition is priced at £120.

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the stunning cover of the full-colour illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, the cover features the Occamy, a two-legged winged creature that lays eggs of the purest, softest silver.

Publishing on 7th November 2017, this glorious new colour edition of the updated Hogwarts library classic features an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Olivia Lomenech Gill, winner of the English Association Picture Book Award and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted artist, has illustrated every beast from Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Pottermore, the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will exclusively reveal extra artwork from the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at 13:00pm on Monday 10th July 2017. Head to www.pottermore.com to see more of Olivia Lomenech Gill’s beautiful images.

Bloomsbury are also pleased to announce that Fantastic Beasts will be the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2018. The fourth annual celebration will take place on Thursday 1st February. More information soon.

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Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Sequel Characters and Plot Details Revealed
Posted by Megs

Today Pottermore has shared a few brand new details on the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film which began principal filming today! The film will take place in London, New York and Paris. They also revealed that Jacob and Credence will be making appearances in the film. WB said that Credence will be back, in a ‘mysterious’ way.

Pottermore also shared a few new characters that will be joining our favorite band of misfits to face  ‘new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.’

Standouts include a bounty hunter called Grimmson, played by Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson; William Nadylam as a wizard called Yusuf Kama; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, the owner of a wizarding circus and Claudia Kim as one of the circus’s ‘featured attractions’.

Warner Bros. also confirmed that Callum Turner will appear as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, while Zoë Kravitz returns as Leta Lestrange.

They shared the following about the plot:

The latest from the studio is that, in the new film, Grindelwald will ‘make a dramatic escape’ from MACUSA custody, forcing Albus Dumbledore to join the wizarding world’s efforts to stop him.

The villainous Grindelwald has been busy ‘gathering more followers to his cause – elevating wizards above all non-magical beings’. Dumbledore will look to his former student Newt for help.

Newt will again be joined by Queenie and Tina Goldstein in the next film, as well as his No-Maj friend Jacob Kowalski, and a host of new characters. However, the mission against Grindelwald will ‘test their loyalties’ as the wizarding world becomes more divided and dangerous.

In the Harry Potter stories, Dumbledore and Grindelwald had a complex history. The pair started off as childhood friends, but became enemies after a duel which led to the death of Dumbledore’s younger sister, Ariana.

Albus Dumbledore was only mentioned by name in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Grindelwald, masquerading as Graves, asked Newt why the Hogwarts teacher was ‘so fond’ of him.

We also learned in that scene that Dumbledore argued against Newt Scamander’s expulsion from the wizarding school. The beloved Hogwarts professor will be played by Jude Law in this new adventure.

Five films are planned in the Fantastic Beasts series and the new film is due for release on 16 November, 2018.

According to the filmmakers, the as-yet-untitled film will have some ‘surprising nods’ to the Harry Potter stories and is being directed by David Yates.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Open Casting Call for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced an open casting call for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. are looking for 5 young actors to portray younger versions of Newt, Leta, Grindelwald and Dumbledore as well as a new character, Sebastian.

An open casting call has gone out for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play young versions of Newt, Leta, and another character called Sebastian.

They are also looking for actors between 16 and 18 to portray both Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore as teenagers.

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To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email casting.prod@wb.uc-ns.com with a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth. Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.

No previous acting experience is necessary, but applicants need to be eligible to work in the UK (meaning they must be a UK, Irish or EU passport holder), and be available for filming between August and November 2017.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at midnight GMT. If there is interest in pursuing an application further, the applicant will hear back within 14 days of their original submission. While every applicant will be considered, only those passing the initial consideration round will be contacted.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Jude Law Cast as Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts Sequel
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced this afternoon that Jude Law will be taking on the role of Young Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts is slated for release 16 November 2018, and filming begins this summer.  Three more films will follow after this sequel. According to the article:

The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.

On the announcement Potter and Fantastic Beasts director David Yates said: “Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”

The article also gives a tiny bit of information regarding the plot of this second film, which “takes the story deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes must decide on their allegiances.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law
VUDU is having a Fantastic Beasts Viewing Party & You’re Invited!
Posted by Megs

Online video platform VUDU is holding a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them viewing party to celebrate the film’s digital release on March 7th. The viewing party will be held on Friday March 10th at 6pm PST, RSVP at this link and pre-order Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them so you’re ready to watch! Follow them on Twitter for fun facts, trivia, and giveaways all throughout the screening and use the hashtag #VUDUviewingparty!

Fans, wizards and no-majs alike will be syncing their screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and engaging in online banter, reactions and trivia contests for the duration of the movie.

In addition to social giveaways, VUDU are holding a trivia contest on their Facebook where you can win even more prizes, check it out here! Answer 10 or more trivia questions correctly to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Fantastic Beasts Wand Set, Newt Scamander’s journal and wand pen! Four runners-up will receive Newt Scamander’s journal, wand pen, and bookmark! Winners will be announced during the #VUDUviewingparty on 3/10/17!

We will be giving away 10 digital copies to our readers in the United States, use the form below to enter! Note: Vudu is only available in the US, so unfortunately we have to limit the winners.

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Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Giveaway
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